Mission San Juan Bautista
Mission San Juan Bautista ruins, Guerrero, Coahuila, Mexico
Established in 1700 and located on a strategic location near a series of crossings on the west bank of the Rio Grande, Mission San Juan Bautista is often called the mother of the Texas missions. It was created to provide a convenient waypoint along already existing routes across the Rio Grande and to serve as a base for the conversion of Coahuiltecan Indians.
Time period: 1700s
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El Camino Real de los Tejas and the Old San Antonio Road, now a national historic trail, served as an avenue for continuity and change, bringing cultural innovations into Texas from the north, as it had earlier brought Spanish-Mexican institutions from the south.